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Medical Assistant Schools and Colleges

Aspiring medical assistants should complete anatomy, chemistry, biology, and other science courses while in high school.

Medical assistants usually hold high school or general equivalency degrees. Most states do not require medical assistants to complete formal training. Since many hospitals and medical clinics prefer hiring people who’ve completed formal training, medical assistants often earn medical assisting degrees or certificates. Universities, colleges, vocational schools, and community colleges offer medical assistant training programs that typically take a year to finish. Many community colleges and vocational schools offer medical assistant associate’s degree programs. Students enrolled in these programs are required to complete classroom instruction in medical terminology and anatomy and clinical training.

Some state licensing boards require medical assistants to complete an accredited training program, pass a national examination, and demonstrate competency in administering IVs and x-rays prior to professional licensure.

Doctors and experienced medical assistants often train newly hired medical assistants in medical terminology, job duties, patient interaction, and office management. Additionally, many assistants are trained in medical coding and health record maintenance. Some doctors and healthcare administrators require medical assistants to complete months of on-the-job training.

Formal certification is not required in this field, but most doctors and healthcare administrators recruit certified assistants.

Multiple organizations administer medical assistant certification programs. Some organizations require assistants to complete an accredited program or pass a test. Most certifying organizations require applicants to be 18 or older.

Below you can browse medical assistant schools, colleges, and universities offering accredited degrees, career training programs and continuing education courses in medical assisting.
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